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also ern  (ûrn)
A sea eagle, especially Haliaeetus albicilla of Europe.

[Middle English ern, eagle, from Old English earn; see or- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ɜːn) or


(Animals) another name for the (European) sea eagle
[Old English earn; related to Old Norse örn eagle, Old High German aro eagle, Greek ornis bird]


(Placename) a river in N central Republic of Ireland, rising in County Cavan and flowing north across the border, through Upper Lough Erne and Lower Lough Erne and then west to Donegal Bay. Length: about 96 km (60 miles)
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sea′ ea`gle

any of several large eagles of the genus Haliaeetus, that usu. feed on fish.
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Noun1.erne - bulky greyish-brown eagle with a short wedge-shaped white tailerne - bulky greyish-brown eagle with a short wedge-shaped white tail; of Europe and Greenland
sea eagle - any of various large eagles that usually feed on fish
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Opened in 1994, the canal links the River Shannon in the Republic with the River Erne in Northern Ireland.
A multitude of insights about life and death in Gaelic Ireland were gleaned following the discovery of an unknown medieval church and the graves of about 1,300 men, women and children who lived along the banks of the river Erne at Ballyhanna, Co Donegal, several hundred years ago.
A site was chosen on a bend of the river Erne. The foundation stone was laid in July 1857, although the factory itself wasn't finished until 1860.
In a move that is set to benefit towns and villages up and down the canal, the scheme will involve six locks which will link the River Blackwater at Lough Neagh, near Maghery, with the River Erne which straddles the border.
The development features 55 apartments, some with frontage to the River Erne and others with views extending to Lower Lough Erne.
Eyes then turn to Ireland when Enniskillen's River Erne hosts the Irish Waterways Classic, formerly the Guinness Classic.
"May has been pencilled in to begin my education and no doubt County Fermanagh will be on the agenda because that is the busiest time of year for anglers on the River Erne."